INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 'VARNA SUMMER'

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To date, the festival has been described as "one of a kind" and is one of the world's few "Avant-Garde" jazz festivals whose projects form the core of concerts performed by a variety of musicians rooted around the world.

Program 2024

The program of the 33rd edition of the Varna Summer Jazz Festival has already been announced:

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ISRAEL | BULGARIA

ARI EREV TRIO

  • 20:30 - 22:30 ч.

Whether performing in a packed European festival with his trio, or playing a late-night solo piano concert in a Tel-Aviv jazz club, pianist Ari Erev’s music always tells a story. Recent festivals: International Jazz Piano Festival (CZ), Tel-Aviv International Jazz Festival, Pinneberg Summer Jazz Festival (GER, on-line and Live), Tirana Jazz Festival (AL), Bansko Jazz Festival (BG). “...one of the finest pianists on the international jazz scene today.” Edward Blanco, All About Jazz “...shines with the unalloyed beauty [...] compositional mastery [...] a quiet sophistication – a fine, sonorous groove...” Adrian Pallant, UK, AP-Reviews.com

Giovanni Tommaso - Jazz Fest Varna 2024

ITALY

GIOVANNI TOMMASO QUARTET

  • 22:40 - 00:00 ч.

The musical career of bassist Giovanni Tommaso began in 1958 with the Quintet of Lucca, his home town where he was born in Jan. 20th 1941.

In 1967 he moved to Rome where he had the opportunity to play and record with some of the greatest jazz musicians at the time including Sonny Rollins, Gerry Mulligan, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Gil Evans, Max Roach, Lionel Hampton, John Lewis and many others.

Since 1978 he created a new jazz quintet under his name with young talented musicians who became some of the most prestigious names in Italian jazz, such as Stefano Bollani, Danilo Rea, Paolo Fresu, Massimo Urbani, Roberto Gatto.

In 2003 the Berklee College of Music awarded Giovanni the honorary Doctorate in Jazz alongside Sonny Rollins and Bobby McFerrin.

FRANTIK_ZEN - Jazz Fest Varna 2024

BULGARIA | ENGLAND

FRANTIK ZEN

  • 19:30 - 21:30 ч.

Saxophone player Arnau Garrofé presents his debut as a band leader with his project Frantik Zen.

An eclectic mix of styles, his music integrates multiple sources of inspiration with powerful and yet intricate compositions that combine sounds heavily rooted on groove music as well as complex melodies influenced by the virtuosity of modern saxophonists.
Звездната група – „Frantik Zen“ събира някои най-добрите музиканти в България.

An all star band, Frantik Zen gathers together among the best musicians in Bulgaria. With the versatile guitar of Alexander Logozarov to add more texture, the powerful grooves of Borislav Petrov on drums, the funky bass lines of Radoslav Slavchev ‘Riverman’ and the magic touch of Steve Hamilton on keys, this band provides a blend of funk, jazz, R&B, pop and stands out by offering something new and fresh in the Bulgarian music scene.

AVA-Trio Jazz Fest Varna 2024

NETHERLANDS

AVA TRIO

  • 22:00 - 23:40 ч.

After successful past years with over 130 concerts throughout China and Europe, three critically acclaimed albums and a highly praised showcase at Jazzahead 2023; AVA Trio sets sail back in time in the Mediterranean. Their fourth album “The Great Green” is released on March 8, 2024 – an epic in Ancient Greece; is released on March 8, 2024 – an epic in Ancient Greece; an era where the colour “blue” did not exist. AVA Trio stretches the boundaries of jazz, improvised and maqam music, creating a unique approach they define as “Mediterranean Avantgarde”.

The StoryTailors - ROSSEN ZAHARIEV Trio - Jazz Fest varna 2024

BULGARIA

The StoryTailors

  • 20:30 - 21:30 ч.

𝚂𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢 𝚃𝚊𝚢𝚕𝚘𝚛𝚜 is a formation that navigates the acoustic space by means of sound, silence and their interaction.

Shared trust enables us to operate beyond the bounds of expectation, it expands the parameters of what is possible and opens doors to what we do not know.

Music is the code with which we decipher the universe we inhabit and allows us to peer into the parallel realities of consciousness.

SHUFLE DEMONS JAZZ FEST VARNA SUMMER 2024

CANADA

SHUFFLE DEMONS

  • 21:30 - 22:40 ч.

The group played jazz, folk, world and rock festivals from Halifax to Vancouver and from Italy to Estonia from 1986 – 1997, touring across Canada 15 times and through Europe 15 times. The Shuffle Demons featured a fusion of hard bop and rap combined with exotic costumes and a no-holds-barred performance style.

Over the course of 15 European tours they were a hit at several Jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz, Molde Jazz, London’s Outside In Jazz festival, the Edinburgh Jazz festival, the Sfinks festival, Jazz a Vienne, and FiESTa Internationale in Estonia.

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Location

The event takes place in the courtyard of the Archaeological Museum of Varna, among the ancient artifacts of the museum in a perfect acoustic atmosphere. For the upcoming 33rd edition of the festival in 2024, we foresee an expanded network of events and locations.

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ексклузивни изпълнения от световно признати и нови висококачествени джаз музиканти, под открито небе и лятна атмосфера на гр.Варна.

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The festival is ploughed in central and easily accessible locations in the city

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Предлага се висококачествен мърчандайз по време на фестивала.

food & beverage

Variety of fresh local food and drinks